First edition of Our Wild Indians by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge.
Octavo, xxxiv, [blank], 29-653pp. Three quarter brown leather, marbled boards, decorative bands on spine. Floral endpapers, with previous ownership sticker on front endpaper. Complete with 6 full page chromolithograph plates, 17 full page steel cut illustrations, frontispiece portrait with tissue cover. Occasional toning, light foxing to tissue covers. (Howes D-403) (Graff, 1114) (Rader 1172) Includes an introduction by General Sherman. An exceptionally scarce copy in the publisher’s original three quarter leather.
Colonel Richard Irving Dodge was an officer in the United States Army. He served as aide-de-camp for General William Tecumseh Sherman and spent most of his career protecting trade routes in the American West. In retirement, he was a prolific author, writing numerous books about his experience in the American west. Those works include: Hunting Grounds of the Great West (1877), The Enlisted Soldier (1886), The Black Hills: A Minute Description of the Routes, Scenery, Soil, Climate, Timber, Gold, Geology, Zoology (1876). His Black Hills journal was published posthumously in 1996.